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“Media Luna- Great Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Media Luna Tourism Circuit

Media Luna Tourism Circuit
Ranked #5 of 6 Tours in Urubamba
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Owner description: The Media Luna tourism circuit consists of a variety of workshops designed to provide insight into local mores and customs of the Sacred Valley. Each workshop is lead by a member of the Association of Media Luna. You will get a chance to immerse yourself in their daily routine and understand what it means to be part of a community such as Media Luna.
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New York City, New York
1 review
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“Media Luna- Great Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

Media Luna is an incredible opportunity for any visitor to the Sacred Valley. Tucked away in Urububamba, visitors can spend an afternoon with local community members, learning about their various trades and talents. The hospitality shown by the locals is incredible, as they let you into their homes and livelihoods, they explain their trades in detail and provide samples and demonstrations, whether weaving, raising guinea pigs or making the local chicha. I highly recommend this experience to anyone traveling to the area; in fact, it's not worth the trip to Urubamba if you don't take a few hours to visit these generous, informative and engaging locals. Support the local economy, try some chicha, learn about how those beautiful wall hangings are made (including a demonstrations on dying the alpalca wool), enjoy the breathtaking scenery, and get a deeper understanding of the local culture.

Keep in mind the fee is nominal (we paid 40 soles- about 12 US dollars- for a tour that lasted a few hours) and goes directly into the hands of your local hosts.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Miami, Florida
1 review
“Unique Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

I began visiting Media Luna during the infancy of its tourism initiative and could easily see that its people had a story to tell. While I have fond memories of all the sites and ruins throughout Peru, experiencing the culture, customs and personalities of this community made my time in South America a memorable one. I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to that part of the world.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Tyler_Ploshnick
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Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Cultural immersion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

I simply loved all of the activities proposed. It is in fact, the moment where I think I had the most hindsight on the community there. Great!

Visited September 2013
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Thank Laurentcharlestl
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Enriching cultural experience in the Sacred Valley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

My mom and I were travelling around the Sacred Valley last September, and wanted experience something different aside from the many ruins we visited. The Media Luna tourism circuit was perfect as it was very enriching, varied, well organized and a great price!

I would highly recommend this experience if you want to have an idea of what Peruvian life is like inside the Sacred Valley. It was great to meet people who so graciously welcomed us strangers into their homes and lives. Additionally, the project is great for supporting the local community-the money paid for your tour goes directly to each of the people you visit along the way, and therefore helps promote the local economy. Also, as a bonus, each stop has clean, usable bathrooms (better than what most tourism places provide!)

If you're interested in having an idea of what will happen on the tour, read on!

We were greeted by Wilbur, who speaks excellent English (which was important for us as we are not fluent in Spanish) who was the first stop on the circuit. He explained to us the different uses of traditional plants as medications. Next we visited a lady who raises guinea pigs, and she explained to us the process of having a guinea pig business, from farming to selling to eating! Next we visited Marleni, who had a fascinating set up showing us how to naturally dye fabric as well as how all of those magnificent wall hangings one sees in the Peruvian markets are weaved. She was very hospitable, and also showed us her lovely field of gladiolas.
Next we had lunch back at Wilbur's house-this was truly one of the best meals I had while in Peru-he explained that the menu changes depending on the day, but he prepared a lovely soup, as well as a chicken dish with a homemade drink-he had great facilities there and the food was well prepared and presented.
After lunch we stopped at Carmen's house. She makes the traditional chicha, an alcoholic beverage made from corn. It was very interesting to learn about the cultural traditions surrounding the drink, and watch someone prepare an alcoholic beverage straight from the grain. Of course, samples were provided and greatly enjoyed.
Finally, we went on a hike to little known ruin atop a hill near Carmen's house-this aspect was really cool as unlike other ruins, no other tourists were there-one could only access it by hiking and you'd have to know where you're going-luckily, we had a colorful and knowledgeable guide to lead us the way. He also walked us back to near our starting point so we could catch a combi back to our accommodations.
Overall, I would highly recommend this experience if you want to have an idea of what Peruvian life is like inside the Sacred Valley. It was great to meet people who so graciously welcomed us strangers into their homes and lives. Additionally, the project is great for supporting the local community-the money paid for your tour goes directly to each of the people you visit along the way, and therefore helps promote the local economy. Also, as a bonus, each stop has clean, usable bathrooms (better than what most tourism places provide!).

Visited September 2012
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Saint-Constant, Quebec
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Different and intimate!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

It makes a nice change to meet with local people and to be presented their expertise when on a trip across the Sacred Valley. After seeing so many ruins and rocks, getting to know the communities and their customs is refreshing and fun. I especially liked the Chicha workshop, where I got to taste home made chicha made by the lovely Carmen! A must do!

Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Alexandra F
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